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Anemia Specialist

Houston Cancer Institute, PA

Cancer Treatment located in West Houston, Clear Lake, Spring, and Katy, TX

If you experience chronic fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, or dizziness, anemia might be to blame. At the Houston Cancer Institute, PA, with three locations in Houston and another in Katy, Texas, cancer treatment specialists can diagnose and treat anemia to reduce unpleasant symptoms and your risk of complications. Call the nearest office to schedule an appointment or book online today.

Anemia Q&A

What is anemia?

Anemia is a condition in which your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells to transport oxygen to body tissues. There are many different types of anemia, and their causes vary, including having cancer. Properly diagnosing and treating anemia can help you feel better and gain energy.

What are the symptoms of anemia?

Common signs and symptoms associated with anemia include:

  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Yellow or pale skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Headaches
  • Chest pain

Complications that can occur with untreated anemia include extreme fatigue, heart failure, and pregnancy problems. 

What are the risk factors for anemia?

Certain factors can increase your risk of developing anemia. Examples include:

  • Older age
  • Heavy menstruation in women
  • Bone marrow diseases
  • Leukemia 
  • Other types of cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney failure
  • Other chronic conditions
  • Diets low in iron, folate, or vitamin B12
  • Intestinal disorders
  • Pregnancy
  • Family history of anemia
  • Some medications
  • Alcoholism

To lower your risk of developing anemia, eat a well-balanced diet rich in iron, folate, vitamin C, and vitamin B12. Take dietary supplements if your doctor recommends them. When taking such supplements, make sure to take the correct dosage as directed by your physician. 

How does my doctor diagnose anemia?

To find out if you have anemia, your provider reviews your symptoms and medical history. They complete a physical examination and recommend you undergo a blood test to check for anemia and develop a treatment as needed.

What are my anemia treatment options?

The treatment for anemia depends on the type and severity of your condition. Your specialist may recommend:

  • Diet changes
  • Dietary supplements
  • Injections
  • Blood transfusions
  • Bone marrow transplants
  • Medications
  • Chemotherapy

Your specialist personalizes each treatment for anemia based on its cause, severity, and whether or not you have an underlying medical problem. They monitor your condition with periodic blood tests to make sure your treatment works as designed. 

Don’t live with weakness, ongoing fatigue, or other symptoms of anemia when help is within reach at the Houston Cancer Institute, PA. Call the nearest office to schedule an appointment or book online today.




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